13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly + Train:  8​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Madrid

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, childrens museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planning site .

Madrid, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Tampere: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kuopio trip tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Parks
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna travel route builder .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Lietvesi Scenic Road (in Puumala), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Parikkala (Siikalahti Wetland & The Parikkala Sculpture Park). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, and step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online visit planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Parikkala, Lietvesi Scenic Road, Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahti: Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki), World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola) and Hameenlinna (Aulanko & Hame Castle). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, take a leisurely stroll along Vesijärvi harbor, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiikunlahde, and enjoy some diversion at Lahti Sports Center.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lahti trip tool .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Lahti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lahti are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Kiikunlahde, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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Aulanko ©
Aulanko
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Laune Central Park ©
Laune Central Park

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